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beSPACE Startup Night – 15.05.2017 – Galerie Ravenstein

We are excited to present the next beSPACE event: the beSPACE Startup Night!


Keynote speakers:

Vera Pinto Gomes
Policy Officer – European Commission (DG GROW)
Vera Pinto is a Policy Officer at the European Commission specialising in European Space Policy and European global satellite-based navigation systems: Galileo and EGNOS. She holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal. Prior to her time working at the European Commission, she was an EU Grant Manager for the Portuguese Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs. Her main area of interest is business development, market development and space innovation.

Presentation: EU Space Programmes – what’s in it for you?

Thomas Tanghe
Manager – SpaceTec Partners
Thomas Tanghe is a Manager at SpaceTec Partners, where he works on strategy engagements, start-up coaching and innovative funding instruments. Amongst others, Thomas is the author of the “Crowdfunding Innovative Ventures” and “Copernicus User Engagement Strategy” reports, published by the European Union. Thomas has a Masters in Management and a Masters in Industrial Engineering and previously worked for the European Space Agency and Deloitte Consulting.

Presentation: The Funding Ecosystem for European Space Start-ups

Sam Waes
ESA Technology Broker Network Manager – Verhaert
With a heart for innovation, Sam Waes has built up over the past 20 years an extensive portfolio of new initiatives realized in various domains. He has a background as industrial designer and proven experience in ICT projects, e-learning, communications, new business development and intrapreneurship. Seven years of his career were dedicated to the marketing communication of a large multinational in the machinery business. Currently Sam is employed by Verhaert Masters in Innovations where he’s combining the role of managing the ESA technology transfer network with innovation consulting activities towards B2B companies. Sam describes himself as “an ambitious people manager that wants make teams outperform.”

Presentation: Recycle Space Technology into the Circular Economy

Steven Krekels
Unit Manager Remote Sensing – VITO
Since November 2014, Steven Krekels is Manager of VITO’s Remote Sensing unit, which develops and operates space- and airborne based earth observation systems. After obtaining a Master’s Degree in Applied Engineering, he joined the Bell Labs of Lucent Technologies for research and development in Optical Networks. In 2001 he made a switch to the space industry and started working in the domains of Earth Observation and Satellite Communcation at Thales Alenia Space. He later moved on to Newtec, a leading Belgian satellite communication equipment provider, where he acted as Managing Director of Newtec’s subsidiary in Berlin.

Presentation: Remote Sensing – a key enabling technology now and in the future

Nicolas Helssen
Belgian ARTES Applications Broker – ESA
Nicolas Helssen is currently the Belgian ambassador for the European Space Agency’s Integrated Applications Promotion programme, working out of the Belgian Science Policy Office in Brussels. His brief is to promote the IAP programme to potential candidates and guide them through a successful application process with ESA and BELSPO. He previously worked at the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications in the United Kingdom as an economic researcher.

Presentation: Develop your space application through IAP


Date: Monday 15.05.2017

Programme:

  • 18:30 – Doors open
  • 19:00 – Presentations (part I)
  • 19:50 – Power break (+ drinks)
  • 20:00 – Presentations (part II)
  • 21:10 – Networking & walking dinner

Location: Creative District – Galerie Ravenstein (n°36) – Rue Ravenstein 18, 1000 Brussels
Easily accessible via public transportation (Brussels Central Station)

Important: do note that the event is fully booked and accessible only with prior registration. If you have not yet registered and would like to attend, please send us your name, company/organisation and position via info@be-space.eu. We will let you know if additional places become available.

Sponsored by: SpaceTec Partners

With the support of: Belspo


Why attend?

  • Learn how you can use space technology to create innovative applications
  • Get an in-depth understanding of the space startup funding ecosystem
  • Find the right funding opportunities for your space-based startup (idea)
  • Network with space funding experts, industry professionals and fellow startups

Who should attend?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs with innovative ideas for space(-based) applications
  • Startups and scaleups using technology in, from or for space
  • Policy makers, investors, space industry professionals and students

5th Space Dinner and beSPACE Awards – Looking back

For the 5th year in a row, the beSPACE annual Space Dinner proved to be one of the most important events of the Belgian space scene. This year’s dinner focused on the future of the International Space Station (ISS). Over 220 people attended the event at the Brussels Planetarium, ranging from students (33%) and industry professionals (28%) over representatives of research institutes (12%) and governmental organisations (12%) to space enthusiasts and other affiliations (15%).

The evening began with three lectures on the future of the ISS. Firstly, Alejandro Sela, from Space Application Services, gave an overview of the ICE Cubes project. Next, Dr. Valentina Shevtsova, from the Microgravity Research Centre at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, presented her most recent work on fluids in microgravity. Lastly, artist Lola Meotti took the audience on a journey through her interpretation of space.

Following the presentations, beSPACE presented its first ever awards – for “Personality of the Year” and “Team of the Year” in the Belgian space sector. The purpose of the awards is to inspire and stimulate excellence, innovation, cross-fertilization and leadership.

The beSPACE Award for ‘Personality of the Year 2017’ was given to Dominique Tilmans. It recognises her outstanding efforts for the space sector in Belgium and Europe. Firstly, as a member of the Belgian Senate, as President of the Senatorial Workgroup on Space and as President of the European Interparliamentary Space Conference and, more recently, as President of YouSpace and Eurisy. beSPACE considers YouSpace to be a vital platform for the professional development of the next generation of space professionals. Dominique’s new role at Eurisy, an association of 20 European space agencies aiming to connect space and society by raising awareness on the potential of satellite applications, also illustrates her talent for building bridges: between politics and industry, students and professionals, space and Earth. In an increasingly complex world, these dialogues have become a necessity. In short, her legendary energy and her ability to identify the needs of all different parties and come up with concrete solutions have a genuinely positive impact in all of her many endeavours.

The beSPACE Award for ‘Team of the Year 2017’ was given to the QB50 team from the von Karman Institute. It rewards their success in managing a bold, innovative project that makes original use of the capabilities offered by cubesats. It is an awe-inspiring engineering challenge that also requires immense programmatic prowess. Moreover, the mission carried out by the VKI itself, QARMAN, is a brilliant demonstration of “inside the box” thinking. beSPACE believes the outcomes of the QARMAN and QB50 projects will pave the way towards new technological developments in space. Moreover, VKI started both initiatives from scratch, the core competence of the Institute being fluid dynamics. The VKI is now one of the leading actors in European cubesat research and organiser of one of the most important annual symposia on the topic. Lastly, the QB50 team’s efforts have significantly contributed to the reputation of Belgium on the global space scene.

The evening ended with a free walking dinner, giving the attendees the opportunity to discuss both the presentations and the awards, as well as network in a relaxed atmosphere.

Once again, the beSPACE team wishes to thank its generous sponsors for making this wonderful evening possible: VITO Remote Sensing, Antwerp Space, SpaceTec Partners, the Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium, ESERO Belgium, Volkssterrenwacht Urania, and Mars Belgium. We hope to see many old and new faces at our next annual dinner – and at numerous other events that will be organised throughout the year.

Presentations

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5th Space Dinner – 10.03.2017 – Planetarium Brussels

The time has once again come for our annual flagship event: the Space Dinner! For the 5th time we invite you for a bite, a drink and inspiring presentations by three influential speakers from the Belgian space scene. The perfect opportunity to network with space professionals and like-minded peers! Not sure what to expect? Have a look at these pictures from last year’s highly successful edition.

The theme of the 5th Space Dinner is the “The Future of the ISS”. In short, what will happen to the International Space Station after 2024 (or 2028)? The ISS could become a commercially operated space station, but how will this affect research and operations?

The following speakers will each provide their own point of view on this subject:

  • Alejandro Sela, Space Applications Services
  • Lola Meotti, Independent artist
  • Dr. Valentina Shevtsova, Microgravity Research Center (ULB)

Also included in the Space Dinner is a planetarium show and of course a free reception to top it all off.

Programme:

  • 18:30: Doors open
  • 19:00: Presentations
  • Alejandro Sela, Space Application Services
  • Lola Meotti, Independent artist
  • Dr. Valentina Shevtsova, Microgravity Research Center (ULB)
  • 20:00: First beSpace Awards
  • 20:15: Planetarium Show
  • 21:00: Walking dinner & networking event
  • 22:00: End

As always, we look forward to welcoming both new and familiar faces at the Space Dinner!

We are closing registrations on Friday 03.03.2017! Register now if you want to attend!

Important: entrance is free, but you must register in advance!

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Sponsored by:

Antwerp Space – VITO Remote Sensing – Space Tec Partners – Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium – ESERO Belgium – Volkssterrenwacht Urania – Mars Belgium


We are hiring!

The beSPACE core team is looking for fresh blood!

Here is what we offer:

  • Valuable experience that you can add to your CV
  • The opportunity to meet lots of people from the space industry, academia and related institutions

We ask the following of you:

  • Your motivation and some of your free time to organise high-profile events and to attend a few in-person meetings
  • Your contribution when brainstorming about future event ideas and about beSPACE in general

Do you like what you just read? Then you are our man or woman! Just send an email to info@be-space.eu if you are interested. We will take it from there 🙂

Presentations & photos from the 4th Space Dinner

The 4th Space Dinner was once again a huge success, thanks to you, beSPACE members! Of course we would also like to thank our speakers, Marco Ferrazzani, Michel Melotte and Frederik De Wilde, as well as our sponsors, Thales Alenia Space Belgium, Antwerp Space, BELSPO and the Planetarium. We hope to see you all again next year!

The presentations from M. Ferrazzani and M. Melotte can be found below:

– Marco Ferrazzani – Moon Village: from vision to reality
– Michel Melotte – Space ionising radiations at Moon level

The photos from the Dinner:

4th Space Dinner – March 11, 2016 – Planetarium Brussels

The time has once again come for our annual flagship event: the Space Dinner! For the fourth time we invite you for a bite, a drink and inspiring presentations by influential speakers. It is the perfect opportunity to talk and network with like-minded people in a relaxed atmosphere!

In light of the recent announcement from ESA’s Director General, the theme of the 4th Space Dinner is the “Moon village”. In short, this village would be a lunar base, 3D printed from local materials and inhabited by astronauts for months at a time. Apart from acting as a research centre, it could also provide a springboard for future missions to Mars.

The following speakers will each provide their own point of view on this ambitious project:

  • Dr Marco Ferrazani, ESA Legal Counsel and Head of the Legal Department
  • Michel Melotte, radiation expert at Thales Alenia Space Belgium
  • Frederik De Wilde, multi- and transdisciplinary artist

Also included in the Space Dinner is a planetarium show and of course a free reception to top it all off.

Programme:

  • 18h45: doors open
  • 19h00: presentations
    • Dr Marco Ferrazani
    • Michel Melotte
    • Frederik De Wilde
  • 20h00: planetarium show
  • 20h30: reception
  • 22h30: end

Practical info:

  • Date & time: Friday March 11, 2016, 18h45 to 22h30
  • Place to be: Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium, Boechoutlaan 10 Avenue de Bouchout, 1020 Brussels
  • Free registration: http://goo.gl/forms/8Na1s8mu2p